Causes of Falling Object Accidents

Falling object accidents are a serious concern and can lead to significant injuries or even wrongful death. These types of accidents can occur in a variety of places, including construction sites, retail stores, vehicles, and properties that are not properly maintained. Some common causes include:

  • Negligent maintenance of property: Property owners must maintain their premises in a safe condition for visitors. If a property owner fails to address hazardous conditions, such as loose shelves or unsecured equipment, they may be liable for any injuries that result.
  • Construction site accidents: Falling object accidents are a common occurrence at construction sites, where workers are often working at heights and using heavy equipment. If a construction company fails to follow safety protocols, such as properly securing tools and materials, they may be held responsible for any injuries that result.
  • Retail store accidents: Falling merchandise is a common hazard in retail stores, particularly in areas with high shelves. If a store fails to properly secure its merchandise, it may be held liable for any injuries that result.
  • Vehicle accidents: Falling objects from vehicles, such as unsecured cargo, can also cause accidents on the road. If a driver fails to properly secure their cargo, they may be held responsible for any injuries or damages that result.

When such accidents happen, it’s recommended to consult with a personal injury lawyer who can help you throughout the whole legal process and pursue compensation for your damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. 

Remember, you have the right to hold negligent parties accountable for their actions and seek justice for the harm they have caused.

Legal Considerations for Falling Object Accidents in Indiana

In Indiana, several laws and statutes address liability for falling object accidents. One such statute is the Indiana Premises Liability Act, which outlines the duties of property owners to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition for visitors. According to the law, property owners are required to use reasonable care to discover and eliminate any dangerous conditions on their property or warn visitors of any hazards that cannot be eliminated.

In addition, Indiana also follows the comparative fault doctrine, which means that if a victim is found to be partially at fault for the accident, their damages may be reduced in proportion to their percentage of fault. However, if the victim is found to be more than 50% at fault, they may be barred from recovering any damages.

Furthermore, Indiana has adopted Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards for workplace safety, which require employers to provide a safe work environment for their employees. If an employer fails to follow these standards and an employee is injured by a falling object, the employer may be held liable for any resulting damages.

Here are some basic security measures that property owners must comply with to ensure a reasonably safe environment for their visitors:

  • Conduct regular inspections of the property to identify potential hazards
  • Fix any hazards promptly and properly
  • Secure loose objects and equipment
  • Keep walkways and aisles clear of obstacles
  • Properly maintain and repair equipment and fixtures
  • Provide proper warning signs and barriers around hazardous areas
  • Follow building codes and industry safety standards
  • Train employees on proper safety protocols and procedures
  • Conduct regular safety meetings and reviews
  • Provide adequate lighting in all areas of the property
  • These measures may vary depending on the type of property and the specific hazards that may be present, but they generally apply to most types of properties, including commercial, residential, and public spaces.

Seeking Compensation for Falling Object Injuries

Falling object injuries can have a significant impact on your life, causing physical pain, emotional distress, and financial burdens. In Indianapolis, seeking compensation for your losses can help alleviate some of these burdens and allow you to focus on your recovery.

If you are injured in a falling object accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. This may include:

  • Medical expenses: You may be entitled to compensation for any medical expenses you incur as a result of your injuries, including hospital bills, medication, and physical therapy.
  • Lost wages: If you are unable to work as a result of your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for your lost wages.
  • Pain and suffering: You may be entitled to compensation for the physical and emotional pain and suffering you experience as a result of your injuries.

But to seek compensation for your injuries, you will need to file a personal injury claim against the party responsible for the accident. This may be the property owner, construction company, or driver of the vehicle that caused the accident.

A lawyer with experience in falling object accidents can help you gather the evidence you need to support your claim and negotiate with the responsible party’s insurance company. If necessary, your lawyer can also represent you in court to seek compensation for your losses.

Don’t Settle For Less – Claim Compensation for Your Damages

Many insurance companies will try to settle your claim quickly and for less than you deserve. They may pressure you into accepting a low settlement offer before you fully understand the extent of your injuries and the long-term impact they may have on your life. That is why it is crucial to have a legal team on your side to negotiate with the insurance company and fight for your rights.

At Christie Farrell Lee & Bell, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial challenges these accidents can take on you and your family. And it’s our job to build a strong case on your behalf and maximize your compensation for injuries and losses.

We offer a free consultation to evaluate your case and provide personalized legal guidance to help you make informed decisions about your options. Don’t settle for less than you deserve. Contact our team of premises liability attorneys today to schedule a consultation and begin the process of seeking the compensation you need to move forward after a falling object accident.